Petition to Jamie Pedersen, Washington State Senate, Washington State House
Abolish the statute of limitations on sex crimes in Washington State
When I was ten years old, my sixth grade teacher sexually abused me and my two best friends – on many occasions. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I learned he had abused many, many, other children, but was never held accountable for his crimes. By that time the statute of limitations had passed and none of us could press charges against him. Stand with survivors and demand that Washington State abolish the statute of limitations for felony sex crimes. Childhood victims of abuse often don’t report their abuse because their abusers threaten them, they don’t understand what is happening to them, or fear not being believed. For many, the strength to pursue justice comes only after counseling or therapy in their adulthood. How can we then bar victims from seeking justice once they are older, and better equipped to speak about past abuse? My abuser still lives in my hometown and has worked with children through his church. A background check will reveal that he is not a registered sex offender. He couldn't possibly be... all the victims we know about have been time-barred from seeking justice by the statute of limitations. It’s time to stop protecting abusers and pass House Bill 1155, which would eliminate the statute of limitations for felony sexual assault offenses. This bill is part of a nation-wide movement to change our justice system to better serve survivors. Already, New York, California and several other states have abolished their statutes of limitations – now it’s Washington’s turn. Call on Washington legislators to stand on the right side of history. Sign the petition today.
Petition to International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
Stop the wave of lynching caused by false allegations! #CrushSilence
English / Deutsch / Русский To International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH ) We believe that any crime should be punished, and every victim should receive proper support and protection. The huge wave of suddenly raised allegations of sexual harassment manifests a new trend of false accusations that ruin the lives of both famous and common people. Public defamation and shaming are done long before a formal judgment is made. In the cases where the accused person is found innocent, it’s already impossible to restore his ruined life and reputation. As a result of false accusations people lose their jobs, careers, friends and families. Human dignity is inviolable and a fundamental right. The above is a clear violation of the basic human rights as proclaimed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly (UDHR 1948). In particulate, violated are the following articles: presumption of innocence (article 11), right to privacy – no attacks on honor or reputation (article 12), freedom from distinction of any kind, such as sex (article 2). The fear of becoming the next victim of slander has a horrifying impact on every aspect of our lives. It affects our social behavior, code of conduct at work, friendship, family, and romantic relationships. Meanwhile, real crimes are lost in the noise created by false accusations leaving the criminals unpunished and the true victims without the proper attention and support. We are men and women from different countries who consider the following vital: Protect the anonymity of the accuser and accused, at least until a conviction of guilt is made; Increase punishment for making false accusations and ensure their enforcement; Maintain an equal attitude towards men and women in cases of similar charges; Strictly forbid any statements, comments or publications by not authorized people, media or social media posts referring to specific cases or individuals, until concrete elements of an offence have been proven; Provide psychological support and financial compensation for victims of false accusations and related slander. We request the International Federation for Human Rights to act immediately and to take the necessary measures to protect the innocent from false accusations. The #CrushSilence movement encourages all people, men and women, to stop the wave of lynching and slander to restore justice! Please show your support by signing this petition!
Petition to Steve Daines, Jon Tester, Lindsey Grovom, Dennis Lenz, Austin Knudsen, Montana Judicial Standards Commission, Steve Bullock
Impeach Judge John McKeon
A father raped his daughter multiple times and will only serve 60 days of jail time. Judge John C. McKeon sentenced 40 year-old Martin Blake to only 60 days of incarceration and probation for the admitted, multiple rapes of his 12 year-old. Judge McKeon even gave Blake credit for the 17 days served while awaiting trial, meaning he will only serve 43 days for the brutal sexual assault. This is not what the prosecution wanted. They had made a deal with the father that would give him a 100 year sentence with 75 years suspended for the repeated rapes. That would have put the father in jail for 25 years. Judge McKeon ignored what the prosecution recommended, and did what he thought was best for the rapist instead of the victim. 60 days in prison with a suspended 30 year sentence does not match the crime and fails to acknowledge the horrors the victim had to endure. Judge McKeon did not uphold the responsibility of ensuring justice as he is required to in his elected position. The judge provided a number of reasons for his horrible decision. None of them justify the sentence that was handed down. He is just one of many judges who have been caught handing down light sentences to rapists. This must stop and we can only do that by sending a message. It is time to start punishing the judges who let these monsters walk our streets. Please sign this petition calling for the impeachment of Judge John C. McKeon. Judge McKeon seemed to only listen to those who stood by a man who sexually assaulted his own daughter multiple times. From the victim’s mother to his church, they came out in support of Martin Blake. The victim only had the justice system on her side, and it failed her. Judge McKeon failed her. She deserves justice and together we can help be her voice. The Judicial Standards Commission must review this case to right this wrong, but in the meantime, we can ensure Judge McKeon doesn’t get to retire and collect a paycheck from taxpayers after failing to fulfill his duty as a judge. Please sign and show your support for the impeachment of Judge John C. McKeon.
Petition to North Carolina State House, Josh Stein, North Carolina Governor, Alma Adams, Richard Burr, Donald Trump
Domestic Violence Victims shouldn’t have to wait a year and day to divorce their abuser
In the State of North Carolina the law for a married couple to get a divorce is a separation of a year and one day. There are no exceptions to this rule. This can be understandable for a cooling off period. However, there should be some exceptions to this rule. One in particular that would be in the instance of Domestic Violence. The victim has to remain married to their abuser for the year and one day before they can file for divorce. There should be an exception to the rule. There are so many things that are unable to be changed for the victim without the divorce decree. In a lot of instances, they feel unprotected. If there is proof and an order is in place, a victim should be able to file for divorce from their abuser within 60-90 days instead of the normal year and a day. I myself have experienced my abuser able to get a job at my same place of employment, loss of insurance without a divorce decree, and unable to have separation of items through courts leaving me in a financial drain and him in a financial gain. There is so much more as well but this was just the tip of the iceberg. I can’t change my name and he has used his status to illegally gain access to medical records. When I tried to remove my abuser from my health insurance, they told me that Domestic Violence orders and separations do not count as a change in status to remove him. I was forced to carry his health insurance until I couldn’t afford to pay the premiums and the insurance company dropped me. A person who has Lupus, RA, and other health issues. Victims need to be protected more.
Petition to Liberty University
Invite Rachael Denhollander to Speak at Liberty U. Convocation
There were many survivors of abuse by Larry Nassar, disgraced ex-doctor for the USA Gymnastics team, but Rachael Denhollander was the first to come forward--and the last to demand justice at his penultimate trial, where he was sentenced to 175 years in prison. Denhollander is also a vocal believer in Jesus Christ. Her faith has been the subject of multiple news articles, and she also published an op-ed in the New York Times, where she described being the first to go public with accusations of sexual assault: "I lost my church. I lost my closest friends as a result of advocating for survivors who had been victimized by similar institutional failures in my own community. I lost every shred of privacy." Recently, Liberty University convocation has been actively promoting the complex interlinking of justice, forgiveness, and (where possible) redemption. Speakers such as Hugh and Jill Freeze have bravely shared their personal struggles with both facing the consequences of sin and encountering the scandalous grace of God. Rachael Denhollander is uniquely capable of shining a spotlight on these issues. At the trial, she forgave Larry Nassar and assured him that complete forgiveness was available, should he ever repent. She also demanded that he be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law, noted the damage his remorseless abuse had wrought, and cited Jesus' words about those who abuse children deserving severe punishment (namely, a millstone tied around their necks as they drown.) In light of Denhollander's unabashed faith, bold support of sexual abuse survivors, and courageous willingness to be the first to speak out against Nassar, I believe she would be an excellent speaker at Liberty University convocation. I, for one, would love to hear her share what she has learned about faith, forgiveness, and the fight for Christlike justice in a fallen world, especially for women and girls. If you are a current student, alumni, or friend/family member of a student/alumni at Liberty University--and you would believe Rachael Denhollander would be a fantastic speaker for the student body--please sign this petition and encourage Liberty's Office of Spiritual Development to invite Denhollander. As a current LU student, I truly hope LU takes this potential opportunity under consideration.
Petition to Joseph Vallario, Kathleen Dumais, Bobby Zirkin, Thomas Miller, Michael Busch
PASS The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act. Stop Serial Rapists & Child Molesters!
The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act (HB301/SB270) is back in 2018! Tell your legislators #TimesUp on serial predators claiming consent and getting away with it. Thanks to sponsors Senator Jim Brochin and Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary! Did you know? According to the CDC, one out of every five American women will experience rape during their lifetime. Every 98 seconds a person is sexually assaulted in this country. And every 8 minutes, that victim is child. Millions of men in the United States are also victims of rape. 1 out of every 10 rape victims are male. The vast majority of rapists will never be incarcerated. Only SIX out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison. When victims finally get to court, they want to believe that justice is imminent. But the laws are stacked against them. In Maryland, serial predators are able to hide prior instances of rape and child molestation from juries. Today, in 2018, a defendant’s past predatory sex acts are not admitted as evidence during a trial… even if a clear pattern of assault or abuse can be established. · If the defendant has a history of rape and assault, including any convictions—the jury will never know it. · If the defendant is a registered sex offender—the jury will never know it. · If there are other victims willing to testify and share their story—the jury will never know it. And while prosecutors cannot introduce this vital evidence, · Serial rapists can— and WILL— try to reference a victim’s sexual history despite rape shield laws. · Serial rapists can— and WILL—claim consent. · Serial rapists can—and WILL—rape again. We need your support. Help change the unimaginable reality Maryland’s victims of serial rapists and child molesters face every day. At least 35 jurisdictions and the federal government already have laws or rules enabling prosecutors to introduce this critical evidence. It is time Maryland joined these states and stood up for survivors of rape and molestation. Sign this petition and help us to pass critical legislation that will close these loopholes, before serial rapists and child molesters continue victimizing our friends, family members, and neighbors. Sign NOW to tell your representatives in the Maryland General Assembly you won’t wait to help victims. Will they?
Petition to Oklahoma State House, Oklahoma State Senate, Mary Fallin
Lauren’s Law - Support Consent Education In Oklahoma - Pass House Bill 2734
Lauren Atkins bravely shared her story with the world last summer. A story every parent hopes their child won’t have to face, but for many that’s all too familiar; Lauren was raped by a boy she knew from school. She was shocked to find out he had no idea what legal consent was. In the fall of 2014, we organized the group Yes All Daughters and led a protest after multiple teenage girls in our hometown of Norman, OK were raped and bullied out of the same school Lauren attends. These are not isolated incidents. Girls between 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. 44% of sexual assaults happen before the age of 18. WE MUST FOCUS ON EDUCATION. Statutory laws on consent are not enough to prevent rape. Educating teens about issues of consent and healthy relationships is essential to reversing the horrifying statistics. Yes All Daughters has worked with Oklahoma lawmaker and former high school teacher, Representative Jacob Rosecrants, to introduce House Bill 2734 to address the need for consent and healthy relationship education. HB2734 will allow for the development of age appropriate programs on consent and healthy relationship behavior. These programs will teach students about consent and how to recognize and prevent relationship violence, including physical and emotional relationship abuse. It will also address relationship communication skills, emotional health, and accountability. Federal funds are available for this consent and safe relationship education to be implemented at the state level through Title IV-A of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Under the last administration, the White House Council on Women and Girls Report estimated the cost of rape to be as high as $240,776 per incident, including medical services, investigations, loss of productivity, and quality of life. With the high cost of assault and federal funding available, there’s no excuse not to protect and educate our kids. Let’s do this for Lauren, the young women we started our movement for, and all the survivors who hope for a better world. SIGN OUR PETITION AND DEMAND THAT OKLAHOMA LAWMAKERS MAKE OUR CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND SAFETY A PRIORITY BY PASSING THIS IMPORTANT BILL. EDUCATION IS PREVENTION. Call and email your legislators. Stand with us against Sexual Violence. No more Silence. No more Shame.
Petition to Wilmington NC
Awareness Campaign to Stop Unwanted Groping in Bars (Wilmington, NC)
A friend of mine recently informed me that every single time she goes out, at least one guy would slap or grab her butt (without consent). Sadly, I know many others that have dealt with the same or similar experiences while going out in Wilmington. Getting groped shouldn’t be a part of going out. Sign the petition to ask bars in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach to display these posters. While the posters are not a perfect solution to end sexual assault, they are a way to inform people that unwanted sexual touching is never okay, not even in the bar scene. Engaging in any sort of sexual contact with someone, against their will, for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification, is a class A1 misdemeanor under North Carolina law.